Our Story

In the fall of 2017, the doors to the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL) were opened as a result of the unique partnership between Widefield School District 3 and Peyton School District,  who saw a need to acquire skilled workers in manufacturing and construction.   

The MiLL National Training Center is a 46,600 square-foot building located just a few miles south of the Colorado Springs Airport.  With this unique partnership, the two districts purchased the building together and shared the basic facility expenses for maintenance and utilities.  A separate board was formed with authority for making decisions that best serve the MiLL and its students.  The ultimate goal of the partnership was to promote a stronger, and more consistent workforce in Colorado by expanding pathways for learners and offering opportunities for students to become efficient in a chosen trade.

The Peyton Woods Manufacturing Program has grown to include more than $2 million in contributed equipment from some of the industry's most significant names such as Stiles, Tiger Stop and Triton Power Tools.  All together, the Woods Program has more than 40 inclusive partners dedicated to helping youth learn unique sills that will allow them to transition into the workforce successfully.  Students get hands-on experience using state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines.  Students who progress through our cabinet manufacturing program have the opportunity to enter into internships with local business where they are able to apply their classroom skills.  Those enrolled in this program have been put in charge with producing the cabinets needed for the CICC homebuild.  Students who have completed two years of Cabinet Manufacturing classes will have the opportunity of earning an industry recognized certification called the Woodworking Career Alliance or WCA certificate.

Widefield School District 3 partnered with the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association (HBA) to use the Home Builders Institute (HBI) curriculum to help educate students in the skilled trades and offering students the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications.  With the HBI curriculum, students are prepared for jobs in construction.  First year students are instructed on building safety and have to earn an OSHA-10 certification to use all equipment,   construction math, tools and construction materials and employability.   After the first year, students learn additional skills which includes electrical and plumbing.